When looking for a deck you first need to decide the width you prefer. The width is the most important thing to consider first. If you just started skateboarding it’s usually a bit harder to decide what’s right for you. I skated all sorts of decks and found that wider decks provide more stability and a narrow board is more responsive.
An 8.5” offers more stability compared to an 8.0” deck, even more so when you skate transition. Wider decks are less responsive in general when it comes to flips but that doesn’t mean it’s hard to flip an 8.5’. If you are in doubt, go for an 8.25″.
As for shoe size, some claim it matters and it can make your decision a bit easier. To be fair, I’ve seen people with large feet on small decks and the other way around. Just go with a width that matches your shoe size a bit but don’t make too big of a deal out of it.
It comes down to personal preference, ultimately you’ll learn to skate the board you ride first. If you already have a pair of trucks, the decision is easy. Make sure your trucks are about the same width as your deck.
In my opinion, the most important aspect to look at is where decks are made. These woodshops all produce quality decks:
- South Central
- PS Stix
So check out which woodshops produces which brand and pick the one you like over at evo.com (affiliate link). evo.com is a reputable outdoor shop that offers quality decks and components.
|Shoe size US||Shoe size EU||Shoe size UK||Deck width|
|US 4||EU 36||UK 3.5||7.5″ – 7.875″|
|US 4.5||EU 36.5||UK 4||7.5″ – 7.875″|
|US 5||EU 37.5||UK 4.5||7.625″ – 8″|
|US 5.5||EU 38||UK 5||7.625″ – 8″|
|US 6||EU 38.5||UK 5.5||7.75″ – 8″|
|US 6.5||EU 39||UK 6||7.75″ – 8.125″|
|US 7||EU 40||UK 6||7.875″ – 8.125″|
|US 7.5||EU 40.5||UK 6.5||7.875″ – 8.25″|
|US 8||EU 41||UK 7||8.00″ – 8.25″|
|US 8.5||EU 42||UK 7.5||8.00″ – 8.25″|
|US 9||EU 42.5||UK 8||8.00″ – 8.375″|
|US 9.5||EU 43||UK 8.5||8.00″ – 8.375″|
|US 10||EU 44||UK 9||8.125″ – 8.5″|
|US 10.5||EU 44.5||UK 9.5||8.125″ – 8.5″|
|US 11||EU 45||UK 10||8.25″ – 8.5″|
|US 11.5||EU 45.5||UK 10.5||8.25″ – 8.625″|
|US 12||EU 46||UK 11||8.375″ – 8.625″|
|US 13||EU 47.5||UK 12||8.5″ – 8.625″|
|US 14||EU 48.5||UK 13||> 8.5″|
Cheap Blank Decks
If you don’t really care about fancy prints, consider buying a blank skateboard deck. Usually just as good as any deck but a lot cheaper. Put some paint on it or slap some stickers on your deck and you’ll have your own custom design. Make sure to place stickers near your trucks, not in the center, tail, or nose. It’s hard to slide on stickers.
Stoked Ride Shop currently offers cheap ($35) blank decks, mellow concave, decent pop, and a great shape. Recommended for those on a budget, here’s a link to Stoked Ride Shop.
Features to look for
As always your board comes down your personal preference, think of the following. If it’s your first board, go for a medium concave and an 8.25″ deck.
- What is your preferred size?
- Your personal preferences about concave.
- Maybe you want to support a certain rider or team.
- If you like graphics go for it, otherwise a cheaper blank is an option.